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Job Interview Questions

Many people experience extreme anxiety when it comes to the job interview. A job interview, rife with unknown questions from the interviewer and the need for the applicant to give quality answers, is seen by many as being a potential minefield where one false step can eliminate a candidate.



 

Job Interview: Some Possible Questions and Answers

There are common questions that are asked in a majority of job interviews. It?s important to realize that the interviewer is usually on your side?they want you to have a good. Here are some questions you may encounter.

 

  • Tell me about yourself?
    • This question may include both job related and personal information.
    • Be upbeat and positive in any answer.
    • Be specific and focus on highlights when talking about your job.
    • With personal information talk about a hobby, time spent with your family or how you like to keep in shape. Make it positive and be sure it says something about you as a person.

 

  • What have you been doing?
    • This question, which is similar to the first, concerns your recent employment or job hunting activity.
    • If presently employed present a highlight, which can be anything from ?We?ve been really busy? to ?I just finished working on a groundbreaking project.?
    • If job hunting, discuss the process in a positive manner.
    • Take some time to explain any statement you make.

 

  • What?s your best or biggest strength?
    • Discuss more than one.
    • Focus on strengths that are key to the job for which you?re applying.
    • Give examples of these strengths from actual job experience.
    • As you finish this answer, summarize your strenghths, finally highlighting one.

 

  • What have you been doing?
    • This question, which is similar to the first, concerns your recent employment or job hunting activity.
    • If presently employed present a highlight, which can be anything from ?We?ve been really busy? to ?I just finished working on a groundbreaking project.?
    • If job hunting, discuss the process in a positive manner.
    • Take some time to explain any statement you make.

 

  • What?s your greatest weakness?
    • This should not be something key to the position.
    • Try to make it a positive by discussing how you have overcome the weakness.
    • As an example, ?I have had trouble delegating tasks. Often I want to do everything myself. But I?ve worked hard to assign tasks to others and to then monitor everyone?s progress without being overly intrusive.?

 

  • Why do you want to leave your present job/or why did your employer let you go?
    • Never ever say anything bad about present or past employers.
    • If you?re employed discuss how some aspect of the new position will allow you to utilize skills your present position does not, how it?s more suited to you or how it?s a good career move.
    • Discuss how moving into this new position at this new company will be a positive in terms of position, responsibilities or duties.
    • Discuss how your prospective employer has a great reputation, is doing innovative projects or is a leader in the field and how you?d like to work for them.
    • If you were let go, you need to be honest but positive.

 

  • Tell me one job related accomplishment you?re most proud of?
    • Wow, what a great opportunity! Utilize it!
    • If you have a large project that you can discuss that will allow you to highlight various strengths and accomplishments use it.
    • Or you can focus on a central strength and relate it to various accomplishments.
    • If you?ve done something innovative that was successful by all means discuss it.

 

  • Are you applying for other jobs?
    • Be honest.
    • It?s good if you are. It shows that you?re realistic and motivated.
    • If you?ve been interviewing, you should mention it.
    • Companies want to hire people who are in demand.

 

  • Why do you want to work for us?
    • You need to know something about the company to answer this.
    • Connect the answer to your goals and skills.
    • Be positive and sincere.
    • Do not compare them to your present or past employer. Keep the focus on the people for whom you want to work.

 

  • Would you be willing to work nights or weekends?
    • Be honest.
    • A ?no? could take you out of the running.
    • This may be a question that does not have a clear ?yes? or ?no? answer.
    • This answer is totally up to you in terms of what you are willing to do.

 

Job Interview: What You Should Ask


Here are a few questions to ask.

  • When do you expect to make your final decision? (Always ask this!)
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • Is there anything I?ve said that makes you think I?m not the right person for this job? If there is this gives you a chance to try to change their opinoin.

 

Job Interview: Preparation

Create a summary of your strengths that you want to higlight in the interview. Relate them to the possible questions.
Practice your answers aloud. If you have someone who can create a mock interview with you, so much the better. Answers should not be memorized by rote. You should use talking points that act as an outline.
The point is to be prepared enough to answer any question. The way to do this is to know your strengths, skills and experience and to be able to discuss these things at will in relationship to your potential employer.

 

Job Interview: Demeanor

In the interview you want to be confident, at ease and focused.

  • Give full answers. Short, one sentence answers are usually deal killers.
  • Know when you?re finished answering the question. Leave room for the next question and for follow up questions.
  • Engage the person who is interviewing you. Look at them.
  • Use confident body language, sit straight up, look forward at the interviewer.
  • Shut off any cell phones or other distractions.
  • Thank them for the interview and for their time.
  • When shaking hands, either before or after the interview, use a firm grip and look directly at the other person. Don?t crush their hand but don?t offer a weak grip either.

 

The Job Interview

If you?ve secured an interview, you?ve done something that many have failed to do. Keep that accomplishment in perspective. Proper preparation and confidence in knowing that a company considers you to be worth their time can help make the job interview a positive experience that can lead to a new job with the employer of your choice.

 

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